Our Team at Dachverband Tanz Deutschland

Johannes Bergmann - Project Coordinator for the funding program DIS-TANZ-START

Johannes Bergmann was a student at the Ballet School and a member of the Youth Dance Theater of the Theater Bielefeld. After graduating from high school and doing his community service, he was part of the ensemble of TheaterTotal in Bochum and then studied theater at the Ruhr University in Bochum and musicology at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and the Free University in Berlin. As an assistant director and stage manager with a focus on musical theater, he was employed at the theaters in Dortmund, Münster and Magdeburg. For the 2015/16 season, he chenged to the Staatstheater Kassel to work there as an assistant to dance theater dramaturg, while also studying management of culture and non-profit organizations at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. After completing his master's degree in 2017, he began working as a dance dramaturg at the Stadttheater Gießen/Tanzcompagnie Gießen. As an employee at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, he has been focusing on the planned Absolvent:innen support program since August 2021.


Olaf Brando - Accounting

A Hamburger in Berlin. As senior bookkeeper he is at home in the world of finance and accounting as well as computer science. Controller, IT and commercial manager, business consultant are his career stages. At the office, Olaf Brando takes care of the bookkeeping and supports processes with programme developments.

Julia Decker - Coordinator for the project tanz digital

Cultural manager with heart and soul. Julia Decker studied cultural management and worked part-time for various film festival and music festival productions. After her studies, she completed a traineeship as a television editor and specialized as a speaker and moderator. Stays abroad took her to Latvia and Vienna. Since 2018, she has been living back in Berlin and has worked as an office manager at the Kleines Theater am Südwestkorso, among other places. She has been supporting the umbrella organization Tanz Deutschland since March 2021 as project coordinator for the funding program tanz digital.

Martin Eisenbeiß - Layout and Coding

Martin Eisenbeiß studied business administration at Pforzheim University and has worked for the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since 2012. He is responsible for the development and technical support of all TYPO3-based websites of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, gives trainings for editors and is the contact person for technical questions and dealing with TYPO3.

Nicole Fiedler - Project Manager for DIS-TANZ-IMPULS

Nicole Fieder has worked at Dachverband Tanz since 2016 and is currently project manager for DIS-TANZ-IMPULS and for the funding program TANZLAND. She also oversees the Network of German Dance Archives and has established the Creative Transfer program with Jana Grünewald from 2019 to 2020. On the side, with a passion for solution-oriented thinking, she is the secret technology contact for the team and likes to bring print and media into an appealing look. With a Bachelor's degree in Italian and Musicology (Humboldt University Berlin) and an MA in Dance Science, she also works alongside her work for Dachverband Tanz as a dance teacher for social dance, passing on the joy of dancing.

Michael Freundt - Managing Director

Michael Freundt studied theatre science, philosophy and dance science at the theatre academy "Hans Otto" and the university of Leipzig. He worked as a freelance journalist and critic, among others for zitty, Wochenpost, Theater der Zeit and Berliner Zeitung. He belonged to the directors' team of numerous independent theatre projects and worked for euro-scene Leipzig from 1997 till 2002. After his collaboration on productions in the genres of theatre, dance and ancient music Michael Freundt became deputy managing director of Internationales Theater Institut (ITI) - Zentrum Deutschland at the beginning of 2003. Since 2004, Michael Freundt has been involved in the meetings of Ständige Konferenz Tanz, he coordinated its development into a registered association, and in March 2006 was named managing director of SK Tanz, now called Dachverband Tanz Deutschland


Friederike Geisler - Project Collaborator DIS-TANZEN

Friederike Geisler was for 11 years a member of the ballet group of the young Ensemble at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin, where she received her stage training. After a bachelor's degree in cultural studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau she is currently completing her master's degree in dance studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to her studies she completed various artistic internships, e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the the show production company battleROYAL GmbH, in the musical theater pedagogy of the Junge Staatsoper Berlin and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 2017 to 2018 she took over the coordination of the association of friends and supporters of the Staatsballett Berlin. She is currently working at the Chair of Dance Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin under Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter, where she is responsible for various tasks related to current research topics as well as the supervision of students. In addition she has been employed as a poject collaborator of the program DIS-TANZEN for Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since June 2021.


Indra Genning - Project Collaborator tanz digital

Indra Genning studies theater, history and philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. After graduating from high school in 2019, she completed a voluntary cultural year in the public relations department of the Staatsballett Berlin and was subsequently taken on as assistant to the artistic director until January 2021. For the umbrella organization Tanz Deutschland, Indra is responsible for tanz digital as a project staff member and supports the public relations department in the area of social media.


Jana Grünewald - Project Coordinator for KREATIV-TRANSFER

Jana Grünewald has been working at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since 2013, where she oversees the Creative Transfer funding program and the InfoPlus Producers initiative. Since 2015 she has been part of the editorial team of touring artists, an information and consulting service for internationally mobile artists and cultural workers (www.touring-artists.de). She worked for Club Sisyphos in Berlin, in the areas of artist support and accounting (2013-2016). Jana holds a Bachelor of Dance (Codarts) and a BA in Social Sciences (Humboldt University in Berlin).

Marlene Hänig - Project Collaborator for DIS-TANZEN and DIS-TANZ START

Marlene Hänig completed her B.A. in theater and film studies with a focus on dance studies at the Free University of Berlin and her M.A. in transcultural theater studies at the University of Leipzig. During and after her studies she was an intern and assistant director at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Schauspiel Stuttgart, the Schauspiel Chemnitz and in the independent scene in Berlin. She worked as a guest- and artist supervisor at the Theater der Welt Festival in Hamburg and at Tanz im August (2017). She performed the Greek and English versions of the project “Home Visit Europe” by Rimini Protokoll at the international Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Cyprus (2018/19).  Recently she was part of the organization team of  the Theatertreffen Berlin (2021) and responsible for the project- and artist supervision.


Lukas Heger - Project Collaborator for DIS-TANZEN

Lukas Heger studied musicology and sociology at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the University of Potsdam. During and after his studies, he held various positions at cultural festivals and in event management (Berliner Festspiele, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Kunstfest Weimar, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar) as well as in the Berlin cultural administration. His work has focused on programme and public relations work, event management and cultural promotion. Since April 2021 he has been supporting the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland in the DIS-TANZEN project.

Emma Heidelbach - Project Collaborator for DIS-TANZEN, Production Office

Emma Heidelbach studied business administration with a focus on marketing and business management at the Technology Art Sciences TH in Cologne. With a further extra-occupational study at the German Hotel Academy, she graduated in 2017 with a degree in hospitality management with a focus on event management and has always been active in the field of (event) production and event management at various festivals, theater and dance productions as well as in the cultural and live communication sector. Various stays abroad have taken her to Uganda, South America and Asia, among others. Since 2019, Emma has been working as a freelance artist in the field of deco construction, stage design, event design and layout. Since October 2020, she has been devoting herself in particular to event organization and communication as an employee in the production office of the Dachverband Tanz.

Sophia Herzog - Projects Collaborator for Kreativ-Transfer

Sophia Herzog is a performer, dance educator and production manager. Born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1993, she started her dance career in 2012 with dance pedagogy studies at ArtEZ University of the Arts (Netherlands). She deepened her studies with further studies in stage dance at the Fontys University of the Arts (NL) and has since worked as a dance teacher in various educational institutions. Since 2017 Sophia is a founding member of the circus and dance group KNOT Kollektiv, where she explores the different ways of cultural mediation. Since September 2020, she has been working at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and actively supports the Kreativ-Transfer project.

Sarah Holzmann - Project Collaborator

Sarah Holzmann studies cultural studies and aesthetic practice - cultural policy in international comparison with a focus on theater and music in Hildesheim. In the past she has been involved in the organization of various festivals and events in the field of dance, contemporary circus, music and theater in Germany and abroad. She is also part of the performance collective Mate Ebene. She is particularly interested in the recontextualization of contemporary circus in combination with music and dance, and how politically relevant issues can be addressed through artistry.


Alexa Junge - Public Relations

Alexa Junge studied Ethnology and Religion at Freie Universität Berlin and at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with the focus on Hinduism, Medical Anthropology and Dance. Since 2007, she has worked in the area of culture management, among others as assistant to the artistic and organizational direction of Zukunft@BPhil, the education department of the Berlin Philharmonic, and at Tanzplan Potsdam: artists in residence teaching and research program at fabrik Potsdam. Since 2007, she has worked freelance in the area of dance at the International Theaterinstitut ITI Germany. Since 2013, she has been responsible for public relations at Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and for office management at the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung.

Bea Kießlinger - Project Management: Cultural-Political Dialogue TANZPAKT

Bea Kießlinger studied architecture and taught at the TU Stuttgart on the subject of movement and space. In her work, she has focused on contemporary dance for many years, as managing director of cultural institutions, networker, artistic project manager, curator, dramaturge, juror and advocate. She directed Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt e.V. Ludwigsburg from 1998 to 2007, was a member of the management team of Tanzplattform Deutschland in Stuttgart in 2006, and worked at Theaterhaus Stuttgart as artistic director. In 2009, she founded the state-wide network "TanzSzene BW," on whose board she is still active today. For the umbrella organization Tanz Deutschland, Bea Kießlinger was involved in the board from 2010 to 2017, is a member of the initiative group Stadt-Land-Bund, and has been leading the cultural policy dialogue in the funding program TANZPAKT Stadt Land Bund since 2017. For the umbrella organization Tanz, she is also tasked with maintaining regular cultural-political exchange with other associations such as the German Cultural Council, the Alliance of the Liberal Arts, and the Action Alliance for the Performing Arts, and with further developing dance topics in terms of content.

Janna Kleinknecht - Collaborator for the project DIS-TANZEN

Janna Kleinknecht has worked as a professional dancer and dance teacher for the Ernst Deutsch Theater, the Studio Bühne of the State Opera and the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg as well as for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and the Philharmonic Orchestra Luxembourg. She studied cultural sciences, business psychology and religion at the Leuphana University Lüneburg (B.A.) and at the Humboldt University Berlin (M.A.). After assistences in directing and dramaturgy at K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Henschel Schauspiel und Theater Verlag and at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Janna Kleinknecht worked on projects for the Goethe Institut Tunis and the Berlin Art Week. After a contract with Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH (parental leave step in), she has been employed as a project collaborator for the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since October 2020.

Veronika Knaus - Project Collaborator

Veronika Knaus studied theater and cultural studies in Hildesheim and Berlin. During her studies she was part of the management team of the live art festival State of the Art and co-curated the congress "(How) do we want to work in the future?" of the European performance festival transeuropa. After various assistances, among others for the US-American directing duo 600 HIGHWAYMEN, she worked as a freelance production manager for CHICKS*freies performancekollektiv. Most recently, she worked in the management of Fonds Darstellende Künste. Since August 2021 she supports Dachverband Tanz Deutschland as a project staff member in the programs Dis-Tanzen and Tanzpakt Stadt-Land-Bund.



Clara Manderscheid – Project Coordinator for the project DIS-TANZEN

Clara Manderscheid completed her dance studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, where she worked with a number of choreographers including Szu-Wei Wu, Mark Sieczkarek and Rainer Behr, among others. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2017, she took up a master's degree in dance studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. At the Institute of Theater Studies, she was a student assistant in the DFG special research project "Awareness. Techniques of Realization and Subjective Reappropriation of Time in Contemporary Dance" led by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter. Since 2019 she works as a project assistant at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Christina Menne - Office Management

Christina Menne completed her training as a dancer and dance teacher at Rotterdamse Dansacademie, the school for dance and theater in the Netherlands, and at the dance school in Leipzig. Since then she has worked as dancer, director, choreographer and dance teacher in various theatres and institutions both at home and abroad, among others at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Städtische Bühnen Münster, Stadttheater Konstanz, Luxor Theater Rotterdam and Musical Theater Füssen. Before the birth of her second daughter she was the director of the dance department at Heinrich-Schütz-Konservatorium in Dresden, advisor for Verband Deutscher Musikschulen Landesverband Sachsen e.V. in the area of dance, as well as mentor for the subject of dance education in modern dance, childrens' dance and jazz dance at Palucca-Schule Dresden - Hochschule für Tanz. In collaboration with mime centrum in Berlin, she started the childrens' dance project “Kindertanzprojekt Bethanien” at Kunstquartier Bethanien. Since 2012, she has been office manager of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Thekla Neuß - Project Collaborator

Thekla Neuß studied theater studies and religious studies in Berlin and Ljubljana. She is currently working on the archive of the (East) Berlin dance critic Volkmar Draeger in a cooperative project between the Dachverband Tanz, the German Dance Archive Cologne and the ITI's Mediathek für Tanz und Theater.


Merel Roozen - Project Collaborator DIS-TANZEN, Administration

Merel Roozen studied contemporary dance and choreography at the ArtEZ university of the Arts in Arnhem. She has worked as a dancer in the free scene in the Netherlands, Austria, England and Germany. She also has taught dance- and movement classes at various places and contexts. This was followed by a master's degree in choreography and performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. She has received structural and financial support for her choreographic work and is active in initiating projects and productions. Since August 2021 she supports the team of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland in the area of administrative.

Franziska Rudert - Trainee


Susanne Schade - Administration

Susanne Schade has been working for Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since the beginning of 2019, first as an intern, then as a project employee. She takes on changing tasks and supports the area of administration. In October 2019, she also began her studies in cultural studies and public law at the University of Potsdam. Prior to that, she was able to gain diverse experience in the field of intercultural and sociocultural education, especially during a longer stay in England as well as a three-month European Voluntary Service in France.

Burkhart Siedhoff - Project Collaborator

Burkhart Siedhoff completed private training as an actor with a state diploma and worked as an actor and director for more than two decades. At the Theater tri-bühne in Stuttgart, he was intensively involved in cooperation with theaters and artists from Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Out of this networking he finally conceived the Stuttgart European Theater Meeting SETT, which is organized biennially in Stuttgart. Stations in his career have included the Katona Jòzsef Theater in Budapest, the Cameri Theater Tel Aviv, Stadttheater Münster, Ernst Deutsch Theater Hamburg and Landestheater Linz. When his family was founded, he completed a master's degree in cultural management at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. Since then he has worked in the management of independent theater, dance and performance ensembles, and for many years he directed a state program of cultural education for children and young people in Hamburg. For the Dachverband Tanz he worked as production manager for the digital implementation of the Tanzpreis 2020. Since 2021 he has been a member of the DIS-TANZEN project.

Sabine Stemmann - Administration


Nicola von Stillfried - Project Collaborator

After studying languages and literature in Berlin with residencies in Barcelona and Caracas, Nicola von Stillfried took over production at the Theater am Halleschen Ufer (HAU 2), where she began building an international artist management team. At the Milan-based production company Change Performing Arts, she produced and distributed interdisciplinary co-productions for theaters and festivals worldwide. She worked as an assistant for GLITZ. Contemporary Art Project and as PR and media manager for Swiss clients in Germany. From December 2020, Nicola von Stillfried will be devoting herself to dance again in the field of production for Dachverband Tanz Deutschland..

Joceline Teichmann - Project Collaborator for the program Kreativ-Transfer

Joceline Teichmann studied French Philology, Portuguese and Indian Art History (B.A.) as well as Applied Cultural and Media Studies (M.A.). She also completed a distance-learning business degree with a focus on marketing and international management. Among other things, Joceline worked for proud magazine as Senior Fashion Editor in Berlin. Since 2013, she has been working as a freelance editor and proofreader, focusing on the areas of art and culture as well as nature and environmental protection. From 2015 to 2020, Joceline was also responsible for various publications at the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung GmbH & Co KG media group as an editorial manager. Since June 2021, she works for the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland in the project Kreativ-Transfer.


Leoni Walter - Project Collaborator, Public Relations

Leoni Walter completed her bilingual double degree in "German-French Studies" in 2016 and subsequently gained professional experience in communications and event management at various cultural institutions. She spent more than three years in French-speaking countries and completed internships at the Nice Opera and at the European culture channel ARTE, among others. In 2017, she began working as a press and public relations assistant at the Staatstheater Augsburg and took over as head of the press office after one season. After several months of further training in EU project management and fundraising, she began her part-time studies in psychology in 2021. Since April 2021, she has been supporting the Dachverband Tanz as a project staff member with a focus on communication.

Ellen Vetter - Project Collaborator for the project DIS-TANZEN

She began her artistic career as a dancer at the age of seven, being a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Royal Academy of London, among others. At the age of 16 she began her career as a prima ballerina. She is a dancer of classical, contemporary and dance-theatre dance. Choreographer, dance school director, multiplier, director of the artists' union, curator, director of the association of choreographers, are some of her professional experiences in her more than 40 years of international professional experience. In addition, she has a degree in law recognised as a Master of Laws.

Corinna Weber - Project Collaborator DIS-TANZEN, Public Relations, Editor

Corinna Weber studied Theater- and Dance Science, Communication and Media Science and American Studies at the University of Leipzig and at the University Paris Nanterre X in France. Already during her studies she worked as a student assistant for the department of Media Education, for department of Theater Science and for the Dance Archive in Leipzig. Since 2010 she has been working for theaters in the fields of (dance)dramaturgy, project coordination and public relations. Her employers have included the Berlinale Film Festival, Schauspiel Leipzig, Theater Osnabrück, Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg, Volkstheater Rostock and Theater Nordhausen. Stays abroad led her to Canada and New Zealand. To contribute to the international networking of the theater and dance scene between Germany and Canada/USA is her personal mission. She has been employed as a poject collaborator of the program DIS-TANZEN for Dachverband Tanz Deutschland since October 2020.